Tel Aviv. It’s been two years now since Not On Tour’s spectacular skate punk album “Growing Pains” hit the market. The fast and short songs by the Israel punk band have brought Not On Tour onto the big stages of the world including support slots for bands like NOFX or The Interrupters. Now, in 2021 SBÄM Records collected some B-sides from “Growing Pains” to give the band’s fans one of the most obligatory collectibles this year: the 7-Inch record “Outtakes”. The 7 Inch record in red and yellow colour variants can be pre-ordered already.
Not On Tour was formed in 2008 as a joke, a band project to play during the summer and entertain all the left-behind punks in Tel Aviv, who were also “not on tour” and stranded. Too bad the set turned out great, the shows to be fun and the band too excited to ever break up. Here they are today, 10 years later with a tour history that is quite the opposite of what was once intended.
The four friends have been touring all over the globe since 2014, Japan with Strung Out and A Wilhelm Scream, Russia with Satanic Surfers and Useless ID, Europe with Descendents, Propagandhi, Lagwagon, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Pennywise, Face To Face, Good Riddance, Pears, No Trigger, Chixx Diggit and Masked Intruder. Festivals like Groezrock (BE), Punkrock Holiday (SLO), Xtreme Fest (F), Brakrock (BE), Gasteiz Calling (ESP) and more have been played multiple times. They became road warriors quickly, and made sure to bring the party to where they could.
Not On Tour’s music is pure melodic punk rock energy, keeping the crowds dancing wherever they go. Armed with an in-your-face mentality, the band is throwing intense shows with songs rarely passing the 90 seconds mark. Not On Tour delivers a positive, raw punk rock sound with lyrics about the challenges of life, mental health, politics, love, fun but also day-to-day struggle, paired with catchy tunes and impressive female front vocals, ranging between anger and soul. Their obvious hardcore influences push the melodies forward, while voluminous backing harmonies do the rounding off and turn songs into punk rock anthems.